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  1. The jobs available in my area are in ortho, immediate care, ER, inpatient, etc. They want someone with experience in their field. Yes, I did leave a job with no other prospects to do what was best for my family.
  2. I couldn't resist it. Right out of school, I was offered a great salary at a job I already knew. I went to work at the clinic I had worked at as a medical assistant before PA school where we did abortions and birth control. I got paid very well for it and did only that for 10 years. Now, I left because I had 2 kids and don't want the long commute anymore. How can I broaden my horizons now? I would be happy in virtually any other field -- primary care, derm, peds, urgent care, ortho, etc. I'm due to take PANRE in 2014 or 2015. So, I'm thinking I'll take some time to study hard for it to hopefully not just pass, but do well, so that I can show the category breakdown to potential employers and at least prove that I am book smart. Also thinking of taking another Spanish class to be able to add that as a job skill to make myself more marketable. Any other ideas?
  3. I'm about to sign a contract for part-time work at an OB/GYN office. LOVE the job. The first draft of the contract states: Any additional work commitments offered to PA will need to be authorized by Employer. Employment may be authorized, provided there are no overt conflicts of interest, schedule conflicts with employer, or ethical concerns regarding employer. Noncompete: OB/GYN or routine women's health care within 6 miles for 1 year following termination. What do you think? Pretty standard, right? My previous job was with an abortion provider, and the current SP is pro-life. So, I think that's where the "ethical concerns" thing comes in. I did tell my old job that I could work a Saturday here and there for them if needed. So, I'd have to clear that with the new SP. If he said no, no biggie. We're in the suburbs. Lots of hospitals and doctors offices around. I'm thinking of just asking him to decrease to 5 miles.
  4. Overall good for a new grad. If you perform well, you'll have leverage for an increase after 2 years.
  5. I just had 2 kids and went through a similar situation. They are now 2 1/2 and 11 months. I stayed with the old job because I knew they would go easy on me if I needed to rest during the pregnancy, give me plenty of time to pump at work (which sometimes meant 3x/day!) go part time after my 12 weeks off, and be generally very flexible. It worked out great. I kept my eye out all the time for my dream job, but never found it. Finally when baby #2 was 9 months, I sent cold call letters to OB/GYNs in my neighborhood and one of them just hired me! So, I finally found my dream job and stayed with the old job through babyhood. When I had my new babies, I didn't care about what kind of work I was doing, just how that job could work for us.
  6. UPDATE I got the job. I wrote a letter telling him I was up to the task, quick learner, typing skills, comfy with Windows, Mac, iOS, etc. I told him to hire me for a month no strings attached. He hired me permanently after only 3 weeks. I still have a lot to learn, especially about coding. But, the charting stuff is a breeze! I'm already showing the staff functions that I learned in the webinars that they currently don't utilize.
  7. It makes sense to me that when you're hired, you get trained on the specific group's software, since there are so many. So, why would so many job postings say "EMR experience?!" Frustrated.
  8. My 10 year PA career has been with an organization that has never used EMR! I'm now looking for a new job and everyone wants EMR experience. Can anyone recommend a training program?
  9. The scope of practice laws in Illinois are kind of vague. I used to think that if a patient had a complaint outside of my supervising physician's specialty that I had to refer her to the MD. But, I'm thinking that if I consult with him, and it is a condition that he would normally feel comfortable treating, everything is fine. This has not been an issue for me in my career up until now, when I am interviewing with an OB/GYN. How does everyone deal with this in real life? When a woman comes in for an annual OB/GYN exam, she can often have complaints that are not OB/GYN-related, and he is comfortable treating uncomplicated acute complaints (rashes, asthma, etc).
  10. They cannot ask if I have kids or anything along those lines. However, I want to make sure that my needs and their expectations are equivalent. Should I divulge that I have 2 kids, one is a newborn, and I plan on exclusively breastfeeding the newborn until he is 1, therefore I will need to pump at least twice a day?! I'm so torn. Should I discuss at the end of the interview? Wait till I'm offered the job? Not discuss at all?
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